Trainer: Mike Jones will shine like a 2,000 watt light bulb against Randall Bailey

5 Jun

Photo: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Vaughn Jackson, who has been training undefeated welterweight Mike Jones (26-0-0, 19ko) since Jones turned professional in 2005, has a quiet, yet bold confidence as his fighter is less than a week from boxing Randall Bailey (42-7-0, 36ko) for the vacant IBF welterweight world title on Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card.

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Jones has many titles but challenges for his first full world championship this weekend versus big-hitting Bailey

“He’s well-prepared,” Jackson said of Jones, 29, the number one rated IBF welterweight contender. “Mike is going to bring out the best in himself.”

Jackson is well aware of Bailey’s reputation as one of boxing’s strongest punchers, but feels that won’t be enough against Jones, a knockout threat himself with a 73 percent knockout percentage to Bailey’s 72: “I’ve been watching Randall Bailey for quite a while now,” Jackson began. “He still has a lot of power, but I’m not expecting any changes since he’s an older guy stuck in his old ways. Whatever he brings, we’ll be ready for it.

“People talk and say what they’re going to do, but when Bailey gets in the ring and feels how strong Mike is, he’s going to be in a lot of trouble and have his hands full. He’ll realize then he’s in with a full-blown 147-pound man. Mike is big. If Bailey thinks he can bully Mike, that’s not going to happen.”

Jackson, 42, one of the best of the new breed of trainers, feels that Jones has a big advantage in overall boxing skills, speed and movement, which will allow the younger Jones, to dictate the pace of the fight: “Randall Bailey won’t be able to stand back and dictate the pace.

“Mike, with his all-around boxing talent, will dictate the pace. Bailey will have to move around more than he’s accustomed to, which he’s never been known to do and at his age [37] that will be even more difficult for him now. I think Bailey is going to step straight to Mike and try to hit the lottery. That’s the only chance he has, but Bailey’s chin is suspect, and Mike can crack, too.”

Jackson is excited about Jones’ first world title opportunity, but he’s treating it like all of their previous 26 winning efforts. Jackson is certain that Jones will shine: “Although this is a title fight, this is just another fight for us. Bailey is just a stepping-stone for Mike to becoming the undefeated welterweight champion of the world, the new IBF champion.

“Mike’s going to shine like a 2,000-watt light bulb.”

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One Response to “Trainer: Mike Jones will shine like a 2,000 watt light bulb against Randall Bailey”


  1. News: Jan – June « On The Beak - November 18, 2012

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